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Arnold School of Public Health

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Degree Comparison

Which Master's option is best for me? Take a look at our table below to see how these two paths compare, and which one best fits your lifestyle and learning preferences. Both will lead you to a career in speech-language pathology. 

Master of Science (residential/on-campus; full-time) Master of Science (distance education; part-time)
Full-time Part-time
Enrollment spans 2 years Enrollment spans 3 years
(WITH speech undergraduate background)
Enrollment spans 4 years
(WITHOUT speech undergraduate background)
13 graduate hours/semester 6-7 graduate hours/semester
(Final semester internship requires 12 hours)
CAN participate in university graduate assistantship opportunities and stipends CAN work full-time while in the program and be eligible for limited graduate stipends
All class lectures on campus at scheduled class times and locations View class lectures via streaming video and web-based class sessions
All exams on campus or within daily commuting distance Take exams via a secure, online proctored system from a home office setting
Students live on campus or within daily commuting distance Students may live anywhere while in program (except for 5-6 weeks of the first summer practicum experience “speech camp” at a South Carolina location)
Practicum opportunities every semester Practicum during final three (3) summers and final spring semester (1st summer practicum in South Carolina)
Communication with course instructors is primarily face-to-face, supplemented by Blackboard, phone and email contacts For students living at a distance, communication with course instructors is primarily through e-mail, phone and live, web-based meetings and is supplemented with Blackboard and Web-based technology
Curriculum [pdf]  Curriculum [pdf] 

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